Breast reduction patients are the happiest patients in the plastic surgeon’s practice. They come in with back pain, neck pain, grooves in their shoulders, rashes under their breasts. They can’t exercise. They are embarrassed to exercise. Young women say “look up here. My eyes are up here because the guys are all looking at their breasts.” And so it’s a social stigma. Its problematic for physical exercise. It causes postural problems. Women can’t wait to put their bra on. And they can’t wait to get their bra off. There doesn't seem to be a happy place for it. So it’s a very happy operation. Technically how it’s done is of course, it’s under anesthesia. It’s usually about a two hour operation. It’s not particularly painful. We don't use drains. I’ve never had to transfuse a patient for a breast reduction surgery. The operation is done by opening up the skin envelope of the breast. The nipple stays on the breast in 99% of breast reductions. And we scalp down the breast tissue. I used what’s called a central technique so a woman can still breastfeed afterwards... if she’s a young woman that gets it who wants to breastfeed later that is perfectly fine. You should maintain normal nipple sensation and that won’t be an issue in 99% of patients as well. At the end of the procedure, the skin envelope after we've scalped down the breast tissue is re-wrapped around the breast tissue. You’ll have a scar that goes around the areola, vertically downward and sometimes underneath as well, in fact usually underneath. You’ll be in a surgical bra afterwards. No drains. It’s usually not very painful at all and you’re back to work in three or four days and back to exercising in three or four weeks. You will feel lighter. You’ll be in a smaller bra. That neck and shoulder pain will usually just go away entirely. It’s a nice operation for the right candidate.
Breast Reduction Patients Are "the Happiest Patients in a Plastic Surgeon's Practice"
Dr. Clayton Moliver explains why these breast reduction patients are often the most pleased with their outcome.